DeathbedFood Cooks Barefoot | Ina’s Parchment-Wrapped Fish.
I’m reading Julie & Julia right now. Julie is part of the reason I started doing the ‘DeathbedFood Cooks Barefoot’ series. You may know Julie from either her book or the movie. She’s the woman who decided to make every single recipe from Julia Child’s cooking bible “Mastering the Art of French Cooking“.
I would never commit to doing anything like that, even before reading Julie’s book. But now that I’ve started, there’s no way in hell. At this point in my reading Julie is trying to make steak with bone marrow sauce. She has to hunt down a marrowbone in Manhattan and is told by Julia to “stand the bone on one end and split it with a cleaver.” Julie doesn’t have a cleaver and explains the trauma:
I used my very smallest knife, a paring one, about three inches long and narrow enough to fit into the round tunnel running down the middle of the bone. Slowly, painfully, I wormed my way into the interior. I clawed the stuff out bit by painful pink bit … it made dreadful scraping noises – I felt like I could feel it in the center of my bones.
I’m 100% confident now that my decision to try to cook Barefoot recipes was the right one.
Yesterday, I decided to make dinner with one of Ina’s beginner level recipes. I love fish and the Herb-Roasted Fish recipe from her Make It Ahead cookbook looked quick and easy. Looks can be deceiving. Yes, you only have to bake it for 15 minutes. Yes, you only have to put a few seasonings, some olive oil and lemon juice on the fish. But, here’s where she gets you: culinary parchment paper origami. You must fold the parchment paper in half and cut a large paper heart (it was fun like I did in Kindergarten!). Then you fold and fold and fold and fold. You end up getting a burrito thing to bake.
I’m not complaining. I used sole and it was the best darn sole I ever had. Total DeathbedFood. Normally sole falls apart and is unsatisfying despite the fact that I love a light white fish. This sole was hearty. She recommends snapper or cod. I recommend sole.
See the recipe here.